The Department of Homeland Security on released the first ever report on law enforcement agencies that are potentially “endangering Americans” by failing to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers and named multiple jurisdictions in California.
The report highlights the looming conflict ahead between the Trump administration, which has vowed to significantly boost deportations of people here illegally, and local law enforcement agencies, which have vowed not to help with deportations.
As part of a Trump administration directive to “highlight” uncooperative police agencies, the weekly “Declined Detainer Outcome Report” lists those that have failed to comply with ICE requests to further detain suspects so they can be processed for possible deportation.
“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission,” said Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan.
The report named multiple California law enforcement agencies that had also failed to honor detainers.
One suspect had been convicted of arson, two of domestic violence and two of assault, according to the report. Four of the detainers targeted Mexicans and the fifth listed a Salvadoran.
Other suspects had convictions for domestic violence, burglary and forgery, among other crimes. The people ICE sought were natives of Cambodia, Mexico and Guatemala.
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